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Circumstantial evidence points to this couple as being involved in UA's 1980s de Kooning heist

After a decades-long search and years of restoration, Willem de Kooning’s painting "Woman-Ochre" is set to go back on display in Tucson on Oct. 8.

The famed piece, which was stolen in November of 1985 from the University of Arizona’s Museum of Art, has undergone extensive conservation over the last three years.

Though the FBI never confirmed a couple living in New Mexico to be the painting’s thieves, circumstantial evidence points to their involvement, including a caregiver who found the painting behind a door in their home.

Anne Ryman with the Arizona Republic talked to that caregiver and many others as she took a deep dive into the lives of those connected to the painting and its disappearance.

The Show spoke with her to learn about her findings.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.